Rum Raisin Cookies

Day 12.

I had this vision.  I had a vision to recreate a renown ice cream flavor favorite in the cookie form.  Some of you are probably saying to yourself, “I have never heard of Rum raisin ice cream”, and to you I respond, that is a shame.  Rum raisin is actually one of my mom’s favorite ice cream flavors, so although I loathe raisins, I am well aware of the presence of rum raisin ice cream in the freezer.

I wanted to make a simple rum raisin cookie, but then I told myself…hey…that is a little boring.  So, in order to make things a little more interesting, I decided to add a rum cream cheese filling. Go big or go home. Right?

These cookies work well because although you do taste the rum flavor, it is not overpowering to the point where you will get drunk off these cookies.  Well, at least I do not believe so. 😉

Ingredients

Dough

1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature

3/4 cup sugar

1 egg

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

2/3 cup raisins

1 1/2 teaspoon rum extract

Filling

1 8 oz stick cream cheese

1/4 cup unsalted butter (1/2 a stick)

1 cup confectioner sugar

1 teaspoon rum

Directions

1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2) Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper.  Alternatively, lightly grease baking sheets (without parchment paper).

3) In a stand mixer, beat together butter and sugar.  Add egg and continue to beat until light and fluffy.  Add in rum extract and continue to mix well.

4) In a separate bowl, mix together dry ingredients: flour, baking soda, salt.

5) Add dry ingredients to stand mixer and combine well.

6) Fold in raisins.

7) Scoop up tablespoons of the dough and put them on the cookie sheets with about of 2 inches of space in between them.

8) Bake for 10-12 minutes until lightly golden brown and let cool for 5-7 minutes.  Remove from cookie sheets and transfer to wire racks to cool completely.

9) Meanwhile, while the cookies are baking, using a hand mixer (or clean out your stand mixer), beat together cream cheese, butter, confectioners sugar and rum extract.

10) Beat well until nice and fluffy.

11) Assembly: Take two rum raisin cookies and using the flat sides (the side that was down on the cookie sheet), spread cream cheese filling and then stick together the two cookies like a sandwich. Voila.

12) Share and Enjoy!

These were really quite tasty and a nice change of pace.  They are definitely an all-year round sort of cookie, but I also see them being a successful holiday cookie because you can adjust the booze flavor to your taste.

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